This Coming Sunday…
Sunday, January 31st is a rare Fifth Sunday—usually an auspicious service at our church. The Youth Praise Band will be performing, and we will be having a very special “noisy” offering in support of the Methodist Children’s Home. Gary Floyd will be making a special presentation to kick off new programs in 2016 under the umbrella of “Revive…Renew…Rediscover”. All in all, this is a Sunday you won’t want to miss.

Ash Wednesday Is Coming Soon
Amazingly, we just into 2016, and the Lenten Season is already rapidly approaching. Ash Wednesday is coming up on February 10th. At RUMC, we will have our annual Ash Wednesday service that evening in the sanctuary at 6:30 PM. (Please note that regular Wonderful Wednesday activities will be suspended for that evening.) Pastor Merritt is calling on us to observe a day of fasting and prayer on Ash Wednesday.

Methodist Men Invited to Ash Wednesday Breakfast
All United Methodist Men of the South Central District have been invited to annual Ash Wednesday Breakfast at Portico UMC (formerly the First United Methodist Church downtown) at 1001 North Florida Avenue in Tampa. The breakfast will begin at 6:30 AM, and the cost of the event is $8.00. Jamie Westlake, the Senior Pastor at New Hope UMC (formerly First Brandon UMC) will be the speaker.
Let Jack Findlay, our UMC President, know if you want to go with the men of our church. Or you can call Ken Blackman (629-4380) or Elsil Chase (612-9523) of Portico UMC directly.

RUMC Hosting VBS Training Event
We will be hosting a Vacation Bible School Training event on Saturday morning, February 6th in Crichton Fellowship Hall from 9 AM until 2 PM. This will be an Open House event for all of the Methodist churches in our area, allowing VBS directors from across the South Central District to preview Cokesbury materials for use during the summer.

We are looking to provide refreshments and hospitality for this event. Visitors from area churches will be coming in and out. The Care Committee plans to provide coffee, tea, breakfast bars and snacks. If you can help out, please contact Connie Mosley or the church office.

Introducing a New Women’s Study
The Monday morning Women’s Bible Study will be beginning a new study from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. For the next six weeks they will look into “The Life You Always Wanted” by John Ortberg. Dr. Ortberg describes how living life Jesus’ way will truly be the life you always wanted to live. You can contact Diana Williams, the study facilitator, at 677-3261.

Save the Date: April 15-17
The Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park will be holding a Spiritual Gifts Retreat for couples and singles during the weekend of April 15-17. Speakers will include Bishop Carter and his wife and John Riley. Retreat music will be provided by the Lighthouse Band of Coral Gables. Registration information for this retreat will be posted at the United Methodist Men website,

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The Bible Passage of the Week
The Good Samaritan

A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?”

He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.”

But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he took two full days’ worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.’ What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?”

Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:25-37 (CEB)

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for 
All Ages (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Online Giving at RUMC

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

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  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 31
Special Fifth Sunday Program.  “Revive…Renew…Rediscover”, Sanctuary, 10:00 AM
Picnic for Paula.  Riverview Civic Center,11020 Park Drive, Riverview, 1 PM - 5 PM

Monday, February 1
United Methodist Women.  Library, 
7:00 PM
United Methodist Men.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 3
Free Spaghetti Dinner.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 5:30 PM

Saturday, February 6
District VBS Open House.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 9 AM – 2 PM
Paula Berg Celebration of Life Service.  Sanctuary 3:30 PM

Tuesday, February 9
Finance Committee.  Library, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 10 
(Ash Wednesday)
SCD United Methodist Men Breakfast.  Portico UMC, 1001 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, 6:30 AM
Ash Wednesday Service.  Sanctuary, 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 13
General Conference Planning Session.  Lakeland First UMC, 72 Morton Lake Drive, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Wednesday, February 17-
Friday, February 19
Missio Ecclesia, A “Church on Mission” Conference.  Grace UMC, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, Florida.

Friday, February 19
Lifeline Health and Wellness Day.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, by appointment. (Call 866-579-5069)

Saturday, February 27
Crue Savage Court of Honor.  Crichton Hall, 4:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2—Friday, March 4
Real Ideas Conference. Van Dyke Church, Lutz, Florida.

Friday, April 15-Sunday, April 17
Spiritual Gifts Retreat for Couples and Singles. Life Enrichment Center, 4991 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, Florida.